A Merry Christmas to all of you and God’s blessings.
Our year has gone by so fast. Has yours? I remember the day we were so excited when hear we had the job of tailgunner for the trip to Alaska way back in spring time!
That trip was amazing! We had 17 rigs in all. Very wonderful people with no big problems!
Scenery was excellent and the weather wasn’t bad either. We lucked out and had 4 days of Mt. Denali. Amazing.
We have been home now since August with a trip to Reno in October to enjoy family and then home. Enjoying being “seated” for awhile.
Thanksgiving we were able to get a condo at Running Y Ranch and have the whole family with us. It was special and a great 5 days.
Dale is busy in his work shop and I am busy at the sewing machine.
Christmas will find us at Seven Feathers with the gang for a nice dinner. Otherwise, quiet and relaxing.
New Years will also be a special day with my son and daughter visiting. Then we are all off to Brookings and Dale and I will spend a few days there and then amble up the coast to home.
It has been a wet, wet winter here. Temps have been freezing cold. We have been able to see the sun a few days here and there.
Dale and I wish you a blessed Christmas and to remember why we set this day apart from others to remember our Lord Jesus’ birth. May He bless you richly.
We got a late start today. One camper had trouble getting their camper on their truck and we can’t leave until EVERYONE leaves!
The drive to Denali National Park was an easy one today. Dale was tired after getting up and having coffee ready at 6 when everyone else slept in!
The views were gorgeous as only a wild land can be. Take a gander!
Dale is off riding the bus into the park and I am sure he will haves lots of photo’s at www.rvecafe.com
I have a free day. There is about a block of little shops (if that many). Our RV park is right behind them. Between the mountains, river, road and shops, not much space to put a bunch of RV’s!
The day we arrived here (yesterday) the planned event was at The Cabin. Homestyle dinner and a show. What fun we had. The waiters and waitresses were all in the show and they had things going on all through dinner.
This is my table. In the next photo we show you how we let the waiter Charles know we need more food. Yep. Napkins in the air and swing those puppies around.
Charles our waiter, is from Scottsdale, AZ. He comes up here to perform. He plays the piano, guitar and sings. Pretty funny guy too.
Dinner was salmon, ribs, corn, mashed red potatoes, biscuits, salad and baked beans. ((drum roll please))
Our show cast:
It was a good day all around.
Life is gooooood! Really good. God has shown us so much of His creation this trip and it is all beautiful.
We are staying at the Riverview RV Park – the river being the Chena River. Riverview is in the North Pole which is famous for the Santa Claus House. We haven’t been to it yet. Dale is off riding a boat down the river!
We have had much rain in the last 3 days. The sun comes out for a spell, which is nice. Riverview Adventure Trek is keeping everyone pretty busy the 5 nights we are here.
The day we arrived, Bo, Ray, Dale and I went out to dinner at Lil Richards Family Dining. Everyone wanted a good burger for a change. Then we went to Fairbanks and toured the Morris Thompson Culture and Visitor Center. What a beautiful building. Many exhibits on the culture past and present.
A short drive in the parking lot brought us to the Chena River and the Moose Antler Arch. Over 100 antlers were weaved into this work of art.
The next day, a free day, Dale and I found the University of Alaska as we have an event there the next day. We bought groceries at Fred Meyer and toured the town. Nice town on the banks of this river.
We met the group at the museum at 12:30 and spent the next 3.5 hours going through the many exhibits and watching two 30 minute movies on Finding Dinosaur bones in Alaska and the Aurora.
The exhibit on Alaska was amazing.
After our tour of the museum we all met in the parking lot of the Pioneer Park. We gathered to partake of the salmon bake buffet. All of us were hungry and ready to eat.
We were a little apprehensive about walking into a dark tunnel! Turns out we were walking in a reproduced mine shaft as this is the theme of the this part of the park.
We arrived early so had to wait for the place to open. The smells were driving us crazy with hunger!
Once we got our plate we filled it up with green salad and the fixings, potatoes, baked beans, cod, salmon, and prime rib. I ordered crab legs on the side and oh, my, so sweet. Very good food and great company.
We walked around the park after dinner – so needed too!
Life is good, really good. Thanks for reading and traveling around with us. God is faithful in all things.
Today was a strange day for weather. When we got up it was sunny and clear blue sky. By the time we went to meet the kids it was raining cats and dogs. We would get sun, rain, clouds, blue sky intermittently throughout the day. Once we returned home we were treated to a double rainbow!
We had an easy morning. Catching up on sleep and just relaxing after driving for a couple of days. We love this lifestyle that doesn’t have any “I must be there” schedules. We had a date with the kids to go watch them play on their softball team.
Their team lost by 4 points. There were some injuries throughout the game which come from playing co-ed. They have 2 weeks to rest up and heal. One is never too old to do fun things.
This day reminded me of when I was coach to Lesa’s girls softball team when she was in the third grade; watching David play baseball all through his elementary days and my own days playing on a softball team clear into my 50’s. A fun day all around for us.
Life is Awesome! God sent His son so that we might enjoy this life from now through eternity!!! 🙂
I have been absent from posting to the blog! We were in Yellowstone National Park and didn’t have phones or internet. Then we moved on to the Tetons and boondocked so had spotty phone service.
Our mileage to Yellowstone from Bozeman was like 90 miles, so it was an easy days drive. We stopped in W. Yellowstone, MT to check out RV parks and see what the town had to offer. RV parks were $33/day to $45/day full hook-ups. After careful thought, we left the trailer in W. Yellowstone and journeyed into Yellowstone NP to see what the Madison campground had. Not many spots were open but we did find one that we could fit in and get sun so signed up for it. Back to W. Yellowstone to get the rig and grab some lunch. Lunch was a disappointment at the Old Town Café. They couldn’t even cook a decent hamburger and fries. Oh well.
Dale went ahead of me to the campground and as I was driving the 45 mph all these cars were stopped on the road. That, as we learned, is “animal spotting.” So I got off on a turnout and found out an elk was busy eating on an island in the river.
I also saw my first Bison.
Our campsite was perfect, except hard to get the TV set up. Too many trees. But that was okay because we were so tired after a day of traveling over the park. We had to put the dog food in the trailer because a momma grizzly and her cub wandered the campground at night.
Our first day out included drives off the main road, rivers, waterfalls, mud pots, hot springs, geysers and fumaroles.
We walked many a boardwalk to look at all these. I easily got in my 10,000 steps.
Our goal for the day was to see Old Faithful. Being at it is so late in the year to be visiting here, most everything was closed. The only buildings open were at Old Faithful. The Visitor Center and Snow Lodge were a gift shop and a grill were open. The lodge had dinners but we were home before then.
When we got to Old Faithful we had phone service. I text by daughter, Lesa, who is in Germany to get on the internet for the web cam at Old Faithful. She did and we shared the moment when Old Faithful went off. This made this moment so very special for me.
On our way home we took another off-the-road drive and found this geyser. People were around it and we kept driving. However, the thing went off so I stopped to get a photo. The height of the geyser’s cone tells us its age. Usually 1″ is equal to 100 years. This one was taller than Dale.
The next day we went to the East side of Yellowstone. Called the Canyon drive we travelled up and up. Elevation hit about 8000 and we saw some innovative person work.
This part of Yellowstone is called the “Grand Canyon” of Yellowstone. Oh my gosh, was it ever beautiful. This is one of the places that “you just had to be there” kind of moments. Yellowstone was the first national forest in the United States in 1872. It became a model for other national parks. Aren’t we fortunate this grand place was saved.
From here we drove south to some mud pots.
On the way back home, we saw a bunch of cars off the road, parked and people out of their vehicles. We learned that this is an indication of “animal sighting” and we stopped. Look what we saw.
The next day, our last in Yellowstone, took us back to Old Faithful and hiking around behind it to many hot springs, geysers and Morning Glory.
A clear warning on the path to Morning Glory.
On our way back from Morning Glory we came upon this in Firehole River beside Riverside Geyser.
And she/he kept coming. So we boot scooted out of there.
After our hike, we hit the grill for lunch. Great burgers and salad.
It was a great day for us. The sun was out and the day was in the high 60’s. Actually, the weather was excellent. Cold nights and mornings but nice during the day. I enjoyed this adventure and I still have that smile.
Life is sooooo good. God’s creation is just breath-taking.
Yes, it is time to put those wheels on the pavement and head down the road for the winter.
Dale and I are busy getting the Blue Heron trailer ready to travel and get our home base put away for the winter. We have enjoyed our patio so very much this summer. We will put it all away in the shed to keep it out of the winter weather.
The block stairs up the side of the hill have worked very well to take Morgan out to do her duty. Dale had to do some aligning a few months after this photo as a couple of stairs were very deep and made for a BIG step.
We are heading north to Montana to a family reunion. Praying it doesn’t snow up that way! We hope to go to Yellowstone National Park and check that off our bucket list. Also to the Grand Teton National Park. Another bucket list check!
We are both excited to get on the road again. It has been a long, hot summer.
Life is excellent – better than good! God is still blessing with miracles. Just ask me!
Today, my MIL asked her daughter to get her a book about Marvin Hamlisch. Wikipedia says this about him:
(June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win anEmmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (also known as an EGOT). He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in one night and the only non-director/screenwriter to do so. He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (Richard Rodgers is the other). Hamlisch also won two Golden Globes.
For me, my mind ran to The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman and the wonderful rag time music in that film.
Marvin adapted Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer for the movie. He won the 1974 Oscar for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score for The Sting. The Sting won 7 awards that year including Best picture.
A great movie and a classic.